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Three persons died and thousands of families were driven from their homes by floods and landslides as Tropical Storm Urduja (international name Kai-Tak) pummeled Eastern Visayas and the Caraga region in Mindanao yesterday.

The Chinese have not occupied or fortified new areas in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said, downplaying a report released by a Washington-based think tank.

The continued imposition of martial law in Mindanao, according to some bishops, had no adverse effect on the attendance of churchgoers as the Simbang Gabi or dawn mass kicked off yesterday.

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Buoyed by the wide support President Duterte enjoys from the public, his allies in Congress are mulling over a term extension of at least two years for him and five years for them, opposition congressmen claimed yesterday.

If Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s impeachment troubles are causing her stress, it didn’t show at yesterday’s Christmas party at the Supreme Court, where she gamely danced after speaking about the high tribunal’s achievements under her leadership.

Personal data of an estimated 171,000 Filipinos were exposed in the massive data breach that hit mobile ride hailing application Uber last year, according to the National Privacy Commission.

While Benigno Aquino III may not have been involved in any alleged irregularity in the P3.5-billion purchase of dengue vaccines in 2015, Sen. Richard Gordon believes the former president and his officials are not yet off the hook.

Not every 18-year-old gets to have Malacañang as backdrop for her coming-out party.

As in the case of the extended martial law, the Supreme Court will be the next battleground to derail the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or the tax reform bill ratified by Congress.

With concerns raised over possible military abuses, the Armed Forces of the Philippines yesterday vowed to uphold human rights as martial law is extended for a year in Mindanao.

Customers will be greeted with higher water rates in 2018 as the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System approved its concessionaires’ implementation of average basic rate adjustments.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is finalizing the “delisting” process for persons included in President Duterte’s long list of drug suspects.

The Commission on Human Rights reiterated its position against the extension of martial law in Mindanao, but said it respects the prerogative of the government to do so.

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